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Calvinism, Arminianism, and the Word of God: A Calvary Chapel Perspective Paperback – January 1, 1993
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This book is really just a booklet that is only seven pages in PDF format, so do not expect a regular sized book.
In part 1, Chuck Smith outlines the history of Calvary Chapel and states his desire not to divide the body of Christ. Plus one for Pastor Chuck. Calvary Chapel has always taken pride in being balanced to avoid being divisive regarding difficult issues. That is usually a good thing.
Part 2 is very brief outline of the positions of each side in the debate between Calvinism and Arminianism. This part is without commentary and is basically academic.
Part 3 is Pastor Chuck's evaluation regarding the issue, going through each point using the Calvinist acronym of TULIP. While the introduction states that Calvary Chapel does not take a stance regarding difficult issues such as this, Pastor Chuck actually goes on to take a position on the issue.
Regarding the five points that are disputed between Calvinism and Arminianism, Pastor Smith explicitly takes the side of Arminianism in three of the five points regarding election, the atonement and the resistablity of grace. Regarding total depravity, Pastor Smith at first seems to side with the Calvinist position, but closer scrutiny of his position on the other points reveals that he also sides with Arminianism as well. Regarding, eternal security, no position is taken. In this booklet, 4/5 for Arminianism.
In sermons I have heard of Pastor Smith's, it is apparent that he does not all embrace eternal security in the Calvinistic sense.Read more ›
I have recommended this book to those individuals that want a basic understanding of the views embraced by both sides of this topic.
The bottom line is that this little booklet only is good for those who want to know Chuck's own view.
Christ died for His elect. Only. God chooses in salvation, according to His will, not ours. If it was not for God's election and regeneration, NOBODY would be saved. The most hated of all Biblical doctrines is NOT the deity of Christ, it is predestination unto salvation, and God's mercy and grace alone (not faith--which is a gift of God to His elect). You want persecution? Defend these doctrines!
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A great, easy read with the difference between Calvanism and Arminianism and what the Word of God says. Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by Jon Wolfinger
Has the church "struggled" with this "issue" since the Reformation? Or has Chuck Smith departed from historical Christianity? Read morePublished on April 21, 2009 by Nathan Carlson
Chuck Smith shows both sides very clearly, and then he clarifies where the whole light of scripture stands on each. Read morePublished on April 2, 2009 by Roll-E Poll-E
This twenty-page pamphlet gives an excellent overview of Calvinism and Arminianism, both historical and theological. Read morePublished on December 10, 2008 by Mary Ann